Salads and vegetables
The day before pickling, slice the cucumbers into 3/4-inch-thick half moons, cover with ice water in a 2-gallon container, cover the container with a tight lid, refrigerate, and soak overnight.
Drain the cucumbers and place in a 1-gallon container with a tight-fitting lid.
In a 1-gallon nonreactive stockpot, place the salt, vinegar and water, and bring to a boil.
Meanwhile, combine the remaining seasonings and tie up in a square of cheesecloth; add to the container with the cucumbers.
Carefully pour the boiling brine over the cucumbers and spices and cover tightly at once.
Let cool to room temperature (3 hours). Label, date, and refrigerate.
The pickles will be tasty after one day, best after a week, and will keep, tightly covered and refrigerated, up to 6 months.
Makes about 1 gallon.